About two months ago creators and supporters celebrated first One Spark Festival in Europe at Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin. We continue to introduce the music creators who showcased their music there ... today the audience prize winners Somebody Else. I talked to Fisal and Tino about this new live experience and what they expect from joining next year's One Spark in Jacksonville ...
50K MUSIC: Who are Somebody Else? Please tell us a bit about the band.
Tino: Somebody Else is based in Berlin, Germany. We started working together a year ago, Fisal Campbell the singer, originally from New York City, and me, Tino Kowalewsky the keyboard player and producer wrote songs and gathered musicians for recordings and live performance in order to form the band. Since Mai 2014 the band is complete with Thilo Brandt on drums, Raphael Seidel on bass, Matti Michalschek (guitar), Lisa Buchholz (trumpet) and Niko Zeidler (Saxophone). On a lot of our recordings also Milan Kowalewsky play the drums. We wrote over 30 Songs so far and put out a couple of music videos. Our first album is out since april, for download, streaming and CD.
Fisal: As a band we standing for unitiy, truth, and freedom of expression. And honest fun J.
We featured The Subways back in March 2011 when they funded their album Money and Celebrity on Pledgemusic. Now they're back again for a pre-order campaign to get their upcoming self-titled album out in February next year. I talked to Charlotte about funding, touring and the plans for the next months ...
50K MUSIC: It's been a while since we talked last time, I guess it was back in March 2011. How has the world been treating you since then?
Charlotte: We had an awesome time touring the Money & Celebrity album, visiting places like South Africa & Russia for the first time & returning to places we love like Germany. This year we've been mainly working on the new album, but have also done quite a few festivals over the summer, including some of our favourites like Hurricane/Southside & Taubertal.
50K MUSIC: You've just started a new campaign on Pledgemusic to fund your upcoming album. Please tell us a bit about this Pledgemusic project.
Charlotte: We used Pledgemusic to fund the recording of our 3rd album, but this time round we're using it as a platform so we can release the 4th album how we want to. We had the idea of a split album release, with the first 6 songs available to download now if you pre order the album which will be released in February. Pledgemusic also gives us the freedom to offer fans some cool bundles, like a gig ticket & an album or a t shirt & an album.
In May this year we've added Blaudzun's latest album Promises Of No Man's Land to our Just Discovered section. Now he's about to tour Europe over the next months. I've talked to him about the album, playing live and a bit about his view on music crowdfunding ...
50K MUSIC: I guess the first thing everyone will stumble over is the name Blaudzun. What do you have in common with a Danish cyclist from the 1970s?
Blaudzun: I have nothing in common with the guy except that we both love cycling. I'm a big cycling fan. I go to races and watch the classics and the big tours like the Tour de France. I fell in love with the sound of the word Blaudzun when I read about him and kept it as my stage name since. It's not a tribute to the rider.
50K MUSIC: What would you regard as your musical roots? Are there any musical role models?
Blaudzun: As a child I grew up with Dylan, Paco de Lucia, Johnny Cash, opera and lots of spiritual music. Later on I discovered The Beatles, Bowie, Nirvana and lots of hip hop and metal music. That was quite a defining period for me I guess.
We've featured Oskar Schuster when he funded his album "Sneeuwland" on Sellaband. Now he's on Pledgemusic with his current crowdfunding project - his third album to be released in May 2015. I talked to him about the Pledgemusic campaign, his upcoming album and what he's busy with at the moment ...
50K MUSIC: It's been about half a year ago when we talked last time. What have you been busy with since then?
Oskar: It was quite a busy time. Shortly after the release of my album „Sneeuwland" in March, I started to work on a piano solo EP which I released in July. I also made two music videos and was busy with promoting and distributing my music and piano sheets. As I do everything on my own, there’s a lot of other things I have to take care of apart from just creating and recording the music.
50K MUSIC: Who are you? Please tell us a bit about you.
Frederik: Hey, I am a Berlin based composer and mastering engineer. Before founding my own mastering studio in 2013 (Listeners Mastering) I was a musicologist phd candidate and lecturer, specialized on 20th century music and audio technology. I also support my family’s business Adam Audio whereever I can. Having released a bunch of experimental and beatrelated EPs with Mush Records (Los Angeles, CA) and Circle Into Square (Portland, OR), I currently work on a solo record called Belongings.
50K MUSIC: Where do you come from (musically)?
Frederik: I started listening to a lot of post-hardcore music (like Fugazi, Quicksand, The Promise Ring, Hot Water Music etc.) and 90s golden era hiphop (especially the native tongues) in my teenage years. A little later I got really obsessed with classical and contemporary experimental music by composers such as Morton Feldman, Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti. It`s a pretty wild mix I guess.
Here is our 4th post about One Spark Start: Berlin music creators. Today we have focussed on Berlin based three-piece band JYLDA. I talked to Gianna about their One Spark project and what they expect from taking part next week ...
50K MUSIC: Who are JYLDA? Please tell us a bit about the band.
Gianna: JYLDA consists of the three producers Gianna, Martin and Floris. Gianna writes the songs, sings and plays keys, Martin plays funky riffs and either elegiac or powerful melodies with his electric guitar and Floris triggers effects and creates crazy and atmospheric synth sounds.
50K MUSIC: Where do you come from (musically)?
Gianna: PJ Harvey, Kate Bush, Patti Smith, Billie Holiday, New Order, Maria Callas, Mazzy Star and Verdi. Also, everything that’s Pop without being annoying or boringly reproductive.
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